Today is Day 4 of my first week at Garage and I am happy to say I feel at home already… and honestly speaking, would not mind spending most of my days living out of a “garage”. It only took me a few days to finally meet everyone (if I haven’t met you yet, it will happen soon!), learn where everything is around our office, and learn the ropes of how to be the perfect hostess for our serviced workspace right in the heart of Central.
Having moved to Hong Kong a little more than a year ago after graduating from Edinburgh and having lived in Canada all my life, I have always considered this city to be one of the most diverse and vibrant cities I have ever lived in. There’s a good mesh of authentic local Chinese and new-age international vibe in this city, and there is ALWAYS something lined up on my calendar. Garage Society is the epitome of this city in a co-working space — there are so many interesting and innovative companies and individuals all working in the same creative spot, and there is never a dull moment at this office.
On a day-to-day basis, there are various classes, workshops, meetings and events being held at this space. All the new faces I have met in the past few days have been more than friendly, and of course, this includes my new Garage family — Elaine, Erin, May, Cheryl, and Gaile! I think doing something new and out of the ordinary is always a little bit intimidating. Having made the career change from being a
recruitment consultant to joining Garage Society was definitely a bold and slightly terrifying move. But as I dive head first into the start-up community, I have been reassured by everyone that if you are passionate and love what you do, the boogie monster will leave you alone. I’m sure I’ll slip up and hit a brick wall somewhere down the line, but I look forward to making these mistakes and making new discoveries with my new community! Xoxo DW
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
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